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Take a look at what you will see as you scroll down.

  • Our Calendar

    Our schedule of progressive classes and calendar of upcoming classes, and events.

  • Symptom Screener Link

    If you take our classes and go to any of our events, the symptom screener is a requirement. Here you'll find a button to take you straight to the screener!

  • Information about our Monday Drop-in classes

    You can learn Brazilian Zouk with us every Monday, any Monday! You can learn more about them in our menu above or in this home page.

  • District Zouk Online

    We have online courses and memberships for you to learn from us from anywhere at any time! Here we have some basic information for you and a display of all of our courses.

  • Our Instructors

    Check out who are our Instructors and assistants.

Important Update!

New booster requirements for classes and events

Beginning on Feb. 14, District Zouk classes, teams, socials, and events will require all participants to have received COVID-19 booster shots if eligible to be considered fully vaccinated. This updated policy is based on the advice of physicians and the CDC. 
Everyone will be required to have received a Pfizer or Moderna mRNA booster shot if eligible.
You are eligible for a Pfizer or Moderna booster if:
  - You got your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine five months ago or more, 
  - You got the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago, or
  - You received a second dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than six months ago.
Those who are not yet eligible for a booster as of Feb. 14 will be required to receive a booster within two weeks of when they become eligible.
To facilitate this change, Danceplace (our ticketing site) is in the process of implementing updates so you’ll be able to add your vaccine and booster information to your profile. You’ll be able to share that vaccine and booster information with us and other event organizers so we can verify you meet the requirements.
If you haven't gotten your booster yet and are eligible, schedule it soon! 

Please email us at districtzouk@gmail.com if you have any quesitons.

Check out our schedule for January and February 2022

Our new cycle of progressive classes approaches!

Starting in February 15th, a brand new cycle with and an upgraded curriculum.

New to Brazilian Zouk?

Guarantee your spot signing up to our Basics 1 course!

Take your first steps into Brazilian Zouk with our Basics 1 course.

Have you started Brazilian Zouk already?

For those with at least one month of experience.

In case you know some of the basics and would like to start really learning more, join us in our Basics 2 course. Here we teach you beyond the foundational basics and introduce you to a new set of fundamentals.

Symptom Screener before each class helps us ensure safety.

Complete the short survey before going to class or any of our in-person and save a screenshot of the confirmation screen to show us when you arrive.


Our weekly Monday drop-in classes and practicas are back! 

See our dedicated page for more information on curriculum, price, and COVID safety protocols


You can guarantee your spot right now.

Get your ticket beforehand, have your vaccination card ready (the actual one or a picture of it), and complete the symptoms screening on the day of the class to speed up your process.

You can have access to our entire library of online courses!

We have 3 different options of memberships for you to choose from. Visit our membership page to learn more about them.
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District Zouk Merchandise

We have beautiful products for you to feel even more part of our family.

Our Instructors

Senior Instructor

Gui Prada

Gui Prada started dancing in 2004 inspired by the movie "Shall We Dance?". He began to dive deep into dance in 2006 as a work-study trainee of the Jaime Arôxa Dance School in Rio de Janeiro. Jaime Arôxa, one of the creators of Brazilian Zouk, was the head instructor and was a mentor for the most accomplished dancers in Brazil. During his 6 years as a member of the school's team, he learned all Brazilian partner dances (Forró, Samba de Gafieira, Soltinho, Bolero and Zouk) as well as Argentine Tango. After he left the school, he continued dancing and learning from other remarkable instructors, including Fabiano Vivas, Kelly Reis, Érico Rodrigo, Guilherme Pimentel and many others. Since then he has focused his training and research on taking the best of each of these dances and applying it to the close embrace, with the purpose of conveying a sense of well-being and relaxation to dance partners. In 2016 he attended the first Zouk Retreat in Valencia, led by Xandy Liberato, Brenda Carvalho and Anderson Mendes. After that, his research on partner dancing took a new direction, as he continued working with Brenda and Anderson to seek for the application of the concepts explored at the retreat in different ways by using the references of the other Brazilian partner dances and Argentinian Tango. As a result, the importance of the basic steps and concepts became evident, since it is through them that all dances reach another level. Gui is looking forward to sharing his technique and training with students here in Washington DC to help them improve their basics, comfort and confidence on the dance floor.

Senior Instructor

Alisson Sandi

Alisson Sandi began his dance career at the age of 15 in São Paulo, Brazil, where he was born. Over the years he trained in Brazilian, Latin and International Ballroom dancing with Jaime Arôxa, Renata Peçanha, Alex de Carvalho, Rodrigo Delano, and others. In 2007, he joined the Juan Rando Dance Academy (JRDA) in Perth, Australia, and stayed in Australia through 2019 teaching in multiple cities and around the world. Alisson has held performances and workshops in over 41 countries, and holds titles including 2x Pro World Champion, 3x Australian Pro Champion, and Winner/Finalist of various BZDC All Stars/Champions Jack and Jill Comps. He is one of the the founders and the first choreographers of the International Zouk Flash Mob. He has also been an official judge for the Brazilian Zouk Dance Council since its first competition event. Alisson has a passion for teaching and is known for his attention to detail and effective instruction in dance techniques. Recently Alisson completed the 50-hour lambada certification course with Master Braz, and is looking forward to practicing and teaching more lambada and sharing it with the dancers and community here and in Washington, DC.

Junior Instructor

Elena Rovito

Elena is a Brazilian zouk instructor, performer, and DJ, originally from California. She has a diverse background of many different arts and sports including gymnastics, parkour, ballet/jazz/modern/contemporary dance, and various partner dances. She began partner dancing in 2014, and has since competed at collegiate ballroom events, completed certifications in multiple dance courses, and taught classes all over North America - from San Francisco to Playa Del Carmen. Her preferred styles of dance are Brazilian zouk and bachata, but she also dances samba de gafieira, salsa, West Coast Swing, forró, while dabbling in many others. The nickname “Rhinestone” refers to her love for sparkly accessories, but also to her constant development of inner sparkle and inspiration. She is a passionate advocate for body positivity and acceptance, and she loves to incorporate this into her teaching so that people of all body types can learn to dance! She also blogs about body positivity, mental health, and personal growth (therhinestone.medium.com). In 2019, she visited DC for a weekend event and fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere and dedication of the local dancers. After a few years, she finally took the leap and moved cross-country to join the District Zouk core team! She is very excited about getting to learn alongside their phenomenal trainees and instructors and to help further grow the incredible community in DC.

Assistant

Hermela Alemayehu

Hermela started her partner dance journey in 2016 when she got some friends together to go out salsa dancing. She immediately caught the bug and before she knew it, she found herself learning salsa and bachata and dancing the nights away. Hermela later found Brazilian Zouk in 2017 and fell in love with the connection and fluidity of movement. She immersed herself fully in this style, learning from District Zouk and other local and international instructors. She has attended various festivals and participated in training courses. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and enthusiasm with others.

Assistant

Krystal Williams

Krystal started social dancing consistently after a summer salsa immersion program in the summer of 2012 allowed her to experience some of the beautiful things that being a part of a caring dance community can add to your life. Although she’d taken partner dance classes before, the friendships formed from that program were what led her to get more involved. They introduced her to bachata with Ferocity Dance Company in 2014, another nurturing dance community, and then to Brazilian zouk with District Zouk in 2015. Krystal joined the District Zouk performance team in 2016 and has been learning and growing under the tutelage of District Zouk ever since. Krystal is a dedicated learner who consistently pursues opportunities to learn from both local instructors and instructors from all over the globe. She joined the District Zouk teacher training program in August of 2018 and has been working hard to become a capable facilitator of the District Zouk methodology ever since. Krystal understands the power of a welcoming dance community and seeks to help contribute to cultivating and preserving that experience for future dancers. She also understands some of the hurdles quiet bookish people may face when trying to become a part of a dance community and hopes to encourage both herself and others to get out of their heads and comfort zones and express and connect with others on the dance floor.